Decommissioned Cotton Clothing as Gun Cleaning patches?


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Skunkabilly
June 25, 2003, 08:39 PM
I got a pair of pants that is developing holes and it looks like they're going way of the bye-bye. Would it be safe to cut it up into squares and use them as gun cleaning patches, or are the 100% cotton patches that are sold at gun stores somehow different?

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Sisco
June 25, 2003, 08:43 PM
Don't know about pants but T-shirts work. Local gunshop was taking donated garmets, cutting them up and selling them with proceeds going towards youth hunter safety classes. They seemd to go over well.

HankL
June 25, 2003, 09:01 PM
Skunk, If the material in your old pants is mostly cotton it will hold enough cleaning solvent to do the job. If the material is too thick it will be problematic especially in the smaller bore diameters.
Old khakis most likley would be great old jeans most likely would not.

The only thing I use for cleaning patches are scraps of cotton flannel that are waste produced at my work.

Standing Wolf
June 26, 2003, 12:45 AM
I cut up old cotton garments for gun cleaning rags and patches when I run out of store-bought patches. I'd use them for patches more frequently, but can never be sure what size to make them, since thicknesses vary widely.

If it's not 100% cotton or linen, I don't use it on guns.

Frohickey
June 26, 2003, 01:17 AM
I have some t-shirts that should have been turned into cotton patches a long time ago. But they are so well-ventilated that its comfortable to wear. :p

For pants though, I know for a fact that Levis denim are terrible for cleaning guns.

Mike Irwin
June 26, 2003, 02:15 AM
Old underwear and T-shirts are perfect for gun cleaning.

Rottweiler
June 26, 2003, 08:14 AM
an old bedsheet will make almost a years worth of patches. Just gotta check the material, again all cotton or nothing

BigG
June 26, 2003, 08:54 AM
Remember to cut the buttons and zippers off before you try to pull the pants thru the bbl. :uhoh:

harrydog
June 26, 2003, 10:47 AM
I use old t-shirts and other similar cotton material for general gun cleaning, but for the bore I use MPro-7 patches. They're expensive but a package lasts me 2 - 3 years.
They're really do clean better than anything else I've ever used. Worth it to me.
But then again, I'm anal and always try to use the best possible cleaners, lubes, etc. for my weapons.
http://www.mp7.com/NCpatches.htm

4v50 Gary
June 26, 2003, 02:33 PM
Call me cheap but I use to use old clothes. Modernly I donate my old clothes & buy patches now.

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